“I’m thinking of renovating. I want to get it right so I’d like to use an architect. I like your website and your work. So what’s the process and how do you work?”
A beautiful question and nice way to make an enquiry with an architect.
If you’ve contacted a good architect, they will love to answer this question.
Most architects deliver their services based on stages, inherited from the Australian Institute of Architects historical approach to the Architect & Client Agreement and scopes of services.
Not all architects offer exactly the same services.
At MWa, we offer our services in four main stages:
However, before we launch on into a project and get into the detail of the process, the work we do at MWa with our prospective clients at PRE DESIGN is also important.
We know clients generally want to know what’s the process, how long it takes, and how much our services and the project will cost.
We provide information to assist prospective clients with their research and preparation, their first enquiry with an architect, an information pack, a 2 hour on-site initial consultation and a written architect and client agreement and fee proposal.
And this is all before we start with the actual work of the STRATEGY, VISION, COMPLIANCE, DETAILS AND DELIVERY.
Read on for more details about each stage of the process.
Stage 1: SKETCH DESIGN: Setting the Strategy and Vision
The sketch process will investigate the design possibilities for your site & home, so you can make strategic decisions before proceeding with the further stages of project delivery. This stage will assist you to decide your preferred design, the likely scope of construction works, required approvals and project budget.
Stage 2: APPROVALS: The Necessary Compliance
The complexity of the approvals process will be affected by the zoning and sensitivity of the site (ie conservation area, bush fire area, waterfront property etc), the neighbours, and also if a DA or CDC is required.
(note: complying development certificate (CDC) is a combined approvals & documentation stage and is lodged like a Construction Certificate at end of Stage 3)
Stage 3: DOCUMENTATION: The Detail and the Details
Detailed design and documentation of your building project ensures a thorough & co-ordinated set of documents for tendering, contract documents, obtaining a construction approval (CC) or Complying Development Certificate (CDC) & for on-site construction.
Stage 4: SERVICES DURING CONSTRUCTION: Delivery
Contract administration by architect (architect, owner & contractor) or design advisory service through construction.
5 Costs and Cashflow – 2018 Case Study: A recent renovation case study which shows you where the money goes and the cashflow from start to finish.Client Advice